Hello Cheese and Wine Lovers!
This May we present you a very emblematic region in the production of wines in Switzerland, a region that for its wonderful natural views has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and thanks to its winemaking traditions its wines are great international representatives. Our May Apéro Box is dedicated to the Canton of Vaud!
About the wine-growing region of Vaud
Vaud is divided into six wine regions and eight AOC (Vully, Bonvillars, Côtes de l’Orbe, La Côte, Lavaux, Dézaley Grand Cru, Calamin Grand Cru, and Chablais). Dominated by the rocky edges of the Alps and covering more than 3,750 hectares, this region is influenced by nearby lakes, from the shores of Lake Neuchâtel to those of Lake Morat and Geneva, and is full of oenological, historical, and cultural charms.
Chasselas occupies almost two-thirds of the Vaud wine-growing area. As for reds, we find the traditional varieties of Pinot Noir and Gamay, Swiss varieties such as Gamaret and Garanoir, and although little planted, Merlot is a very promising variety in all the appellations of the region.
Carmin d’Alizarine of Domaine du Clos des Grillières
Domaine du Clos des Grillières is located in Montcherand, a small village just outside the Gorges de l’Orbe and part of the Côtes de l’Orbe appellation.
It is a small winery with 1.5 hectares, managed by a family of several generations of farmers and winegrowers. The Nicole’s have managed to produce, through their long experience, an interesting range of wines including varieties such as Pinot Noir, Gamay, Garanoir, Gamaret, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
Carmin d’Alizarine is a young wine of 100% Gamay, garnet color, medium-high aromatic intensity, with aromas of cherries, raspberries, violets, licorice, and earthy notes. Medium-high acidity, present, and well-integrated tannins, medium-long persistence. It is a fruity wine, fresh and easy to accompany.
About the wine and cheese pairing
This month we bring two very interesting cheeses to pair, one of them is the Tomme au Bleu; its soft and creamy texture goes deliciously with the tannins and fresh acidity of our Gamay, it is like having a piece of silk in your mouth! Although it is a blue cheese, its flavor is so light that the red fruits of the Gamay can be tasted and at the end, you will enjoy a delicious fusion. On the other hand, the Glico is a more intense cheese, with a harder texture and a saltier taste that is well received by the acidity of the wine and the fruity character of the Gamay. You simply cannot miss this experience!
At L’Atelier du Fromage we strive month after month to share with you unique, original, and high-quality cheese and wine selections so that you can enjoy an unforgettable moment. So don’t miss the opportunity to taste the flavors that Vaud has to offer in our May Apéro Box.